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In the Classroom > Course Overview > Unit Overview > Lesson 11
Lesson 11
Neo-Classicism and Refinement

After the Revolutionary War, architecture reflected the new energy spawned by enthusiasm for a new republic. The sense of democracy was strong, and the ideals of the classical cultures of Greece and Rome, which epitomized this form of governance, found their way into the architecture and decorative arts in this country. After 1790, the revived economy enabled Deerfield residents to refurbish their homes or build new ones in this new neo-classical (federal) style. Residents began to beautify their town, planting elm trees along the Deerfield Street and adding landscape details to the fronts of their houses. Each improvement demonstrated the desire of the community to project the image of refinement.


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